Dress a Girl Around the World

  Imagine a world where every girl owned at least one dress


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65 years old
Concord, CA
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I got back into sewing when a friend coordinated a sewing event for Little Dresses for Africa.  A group of us sent 125 dresses in April.  I didn't even own a sewing machine at the time, but it al came back to me...kind of like getting back on my bike which I have done as well.  Recently divorced, and loving  craft projects, I want to continue this great work with Dress A Girl Around the World  My free time is limited, having a 50+ hour a week job, but I want to contribute what I can.  I am also making 54 simple blankets for the children at the Open Arms Ministry Center in Mexico.  I am awestruck as I read some of the great works many of you have a done!  i know my small contribution will pale in comparison but we all know everyone of us can a make a difference.  I am so glad that I came across this site and hope to attend some of the sew events in the Bay Area or Sacramento area sometime soon.

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Reply Kerry Robertson
6:03 AM on July 1, 2013 
I used the free downloadable pattern : Good Deeds Dress by Elysium on Etsy,
and then use the tutorial on Night Owl's Menagerie's blog to line the top rather than use bias binding to finish the edges.
To gather the skirt, I use a wide zigzag stitch over cotton crochet thread, ( rather than making two rows of stitching to gather) then remove this thread when the skirt is finally attached to the bodice. Some people use dental floss or twine in place of the crochet cotton but that's what I have on hand. I spend way too much time gathering and fussing with the skirt
and attaching the lining over the gathers, then topstitching on the outside to make sure it is secure. I hate to admit that I handsew the lining over the gathers so it looks nice inside before I topstitch. Also, I think the inside of the dress should feel good and be made to last.
The fabrics are from Marden's, the salvage stores in Maine that specialize in discount fabrics that you would find in nice quilt shops. I just bought a yard for $4.49 that will make (2) size 3 pillowcase dresses if I use a coordinating fabric for trim. I am trying a few of the pillowcase dress style now. I watched a youtube tutorial on attaching bias trim and it worked like a charm. I just cut out two last night with coordinating fabric for bias, bottom hem and the elastic casing. I am still working on the smaller sized dresses although I have some fabric chosen for the older girls when I get to it. I really like the green peasant dress that you made and want to try that one!
Just finished the 6 aprons for my daughter's classroom (and the 30 little flannel dusting mitts for the children to use dusting their classroom on Friday afternoons!) so now I can go back to dresses for DAG.
Reply Kerry Robertson
8:20 PM on June 23, 2013 
Thanks for the nice compliments and pattern numbers! I don't want to make the pillow dress for the older girls and I think you have the right idea with the pattern you chose!
I live in New Hampshire and am very close the Maine border. There are some wonderful salvage/discount type stores in Maine called Marden's (and only in Maine) that feature a beautiful fabric section. Quilters come from all over the Northeast to buy their fabrics. The most expensive, first quality cotton has now gone to $4.49/yd and they have many for less than that. Also, they are always generous with the yardage. The store is great and so much fun! I was there yesterday as my daughter is a Montessori teacher and needs 6 aprons for her classroom. Of course, I couldn't pass up a few yards for DAG. They also sponsor "Project Linus" which donates hand-made quilts to children in need. They hang them all over the store as they are collected!
Love your dresses and I love looking at the photos of what everyone has made!
Reply Colleen
12:34 AM on July 22, 2012 
just completed over 15 dresses whileI was on vaca! Sew rewarding..
Reply Deb
7:09 PM on June 29, 2011 
Hi Colleen,
Just in case you dont have Facebook here's our next session:
Trinity Baptist Church
557 Olivina Avenue
Livermore, Ca
Thursday, July 21st 10am-4pm
Hope to meet you ! Deb
Reply Deb
6:48 PM on June 29, 2011 
Hi Colleen, Do you have a Facebook Account? If you do let me know and we can become friends and I can get you on our list. Im a bit computer challenged and not sure how to take the facebooki blog for our group and send it to you. If your my friend on facebook I can invite you to our events. Our next one is in July. Let me know. Deb
Reply Therese
12:30 PM on June 25, 2011 
Yes, we just moved this month from El Dorado Hills near Roseville; however, we were Bay Area (Menlo Park) transplants. I've returned to my home state of WI to be near family and friends and to find a job since I wasn't having much luck in CA as an Urban Planner.

Sew glad you found DAG! It's a wonderful group and a great opportunity to make friends and memories for a lifetime!
Reply Therese
9:48 AM on June 25, 2011 
Hi Colleen,

Where are you from?